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Special programs and activities for all ages, from art classes and lectures to Free Family Days, Treasure Hunts, and Gallery Guides.

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Free Programs

Gallery Tours

Join in an informative and eye-opening conversation about art, led by a Museum-trained docent, in a relaxed and informal setting. See a full schedule of Gallery Tours here and simply meet at the State Street entrance Visitor Services desk.

Noon Focus Tours

Explore special exhibitions or one part of the collection such as antiquities, American, Asian, European, contemporary art, or photography. Highlights Tours at 1 pm look at a variety of artworks from the Museum's permanent collection.


Kids and Families

All of the following family programs are free to Museum Members or with Museum admission. Visit our Kids and Families section for more information.

Free Family Days

Everyone is invited to these afternoon community celebrations at the Museum, featuring music and dance performances, art activities, refreshments, storytelling, and other fun activities. Each Family Day has a theme that connects to an exhibition at the Museum or a special celebration such as Dia de los Muertos or the Chinese New Year. Check the calendar for the dates of upcoming Family Days. Visit our Kids and Families section for more information.

Family Resource Center

A child-friendly space where families can explore, discover, and learn about art together through hands-on activities that connect with art in the Museum's collection.
Open during Museum hours

Family Gallery Guides and Treasure Hunts

Pick up one of the free gallery guides, gallery games, and treasure hunts to make your visit more fun for the entire family. Available at both Museum Visitor Services desks.


Group Tours

For a customized tour of the permanent collection or special exhibitions, call 884-6441.



Teaching Assistant Program

Teaching Assistant (TA) positions are for 15 - 18 year olds interested in art and working with children during art camps at the Ridley-Tree Education Center. Becoming a TA provides young artists with professional skills in art making and art education. This competitive program includes an orientation, Museum tour, and mentoring by Teaching Artists. For an application and more information, please contact Kendall Pata at

Teen Internship Program

In this year-long internship program, teens ages 15–18 create hands-on art projects with working artists, learn tricks of the trade from art professionals, and gain inside information on how the Museum functions. Interns must commit to fall, winter, and spring sessions that each feature a different Museum exhibition, professional artist, and project.

Download the 2015-2016 Teen Internship Application here

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